Put the Air in Your People’s Sails


Greetings, readers!  As you can see, I’ve been MIA for a while.  I apologize for that, but life had me dealing with some things that distracted me from keeping up with this blog.  I’m hoping to get back to regular updates, but please bear with me as I continue to adjust to the changes life has given me of late.  This one is going to be a little short, but only because I feel it mostly speaks for itself.  Without further ado, here’s a lesson from Disney’s newest masterpiece…

Film: Moana

Release Date: November 23, 2016

Scenario: Against her father’s will, Moana wants nothing more than to sail beyond the reef of their island.  However, she remains obedient to his wishes until her village begins to find that there are no fish to be found within the lagoon.  Without telling anyone, she takes one of the small fishing canoes and ventures beyond the calm, safe waters where she is quickly met with large waves rough seas.  She is toppled over, and her canoe is wrecked on the shore.  She vows to give up her dreams of sailing and return to her people when her Grandmother arrives and shows her a cavern of the ships of their ancestors.  With one of the smaller catamarans, she sets sail on her quest to bring and end to the Darkness plaguing their island.

Leadership Lesson: Give your people the right tools and the chance to prove themselves.

Moana was never taught to sail, but she had a lot of natural abilities and instincts.  Even still, in a canoe constructed for fishing in the calm waters of the lagoon, she didn’t have a prayer of successfully mastering the open waters of the Pacific Ocean.  However, in a larger vessel specifically created for more challenging waters, she was able to get much further on her own before needing assistance to learn more advanced skills to complete her task.

That’s what the people we lead need from us: the right tools to use their natural talents to see how far they can go.  They also need our trust and the freedom to test their limits while knowing they can come to us for help or advice when those limits are reached.


“The only safe ship in a storm is leadership.”
– Faye Wattleton, Alvarez & Marsal

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Great leadership skills!

    Is ‘Shiny’ stuck in your head yet?


    1. Jonathan says:

      Actually, I kind of disliked that song and “You’re Welcome.” LOL. I loved the rest but f the music though.


      1. It took me a while to get into the music, but I now love them all, lol!

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Carson Maitland - Smith says:

    Will Choo Choo Trains, Propeller Planes & Toot Toot Chugga Chugga Big Red Car be reviewed next this October?


    1. Jonathan says:

      Hi Carson! Thanks for stopping by. The Wiggles aren’t technically animation, so their content wouldn’t really fit here. But I certainly welcome other suggestions!


      1. Carson Maitland - Smith says:

        Space Dancing


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